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Just before Baselworld 2018 began Breitling ushered out a new “Chronomat 44” returning this model to its more utilitarian aesthetics. A more efficient dial design, made possible partially by opting for the in-house B01 caliber.

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After the new CEO Georges Kern introduced the “Breitling Navitimer 8”, which we discussed here at the time. Now he’s moved right along to re-purpose their present and future “Chronomat 44’. A model regularly linked to sporting feats and overcoming personal odds and records.

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One of the various “Breitling Navitimer 8″ models * Image courtesy of: Breitling

In the past we’ve reviewed other 44mm options by Breitling, but this was before the new reign that has just begun with ex-IWC Georges Kern, now ahead of current and future Breitling productions, had begun. Watches we covered in that past include the: “Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition” (MB111|I531|262S|M20DSA.2) with the bright cobra yellow colored dial and also equipped with the in-house B01 caliber movement, which was released at Baselworld 2016 and you can read more about here.

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We also covered the “Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel” (MB0111C3/BE35/253S/M20DSA.2) with square printed sub-dials on an overall black color-scheme with some red-highlights. This was also another Baselworld 2016 release you can get more info about here.

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“Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel” * Image courtesy of: Breitling

Both new models are in a 44mm case made of stainless-steel with a satin-brushed finish and a screwed-in case back. Mounted to the case is a steel or 18k ratcheted unidirectional bezel with unnumbered index markers. There are two push-pieces on the right side of the case to activate the chronograph functions with a simple squeeze.

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Also comes equipped with a screw-locked crown with two gaskets that assist with water-resistance reaching up to 500 meters (1,650 feet), more than an adequate depth for any professional diver. All topped by a cambered sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides.

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Time is exhibited on either a grey or blue dial with stainless-steel applied hour index markers, followed by white printed minute index markers. An outer black ring circles the dial near the bezel with a tachymeter scale printed in white, except the word “TACHYMETER” in red.

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There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock positon, a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. The central stainless-steel hands and small squares on the stainless steel applied hour index markers have been given a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. Also includes a date aperture between the 4 and 6 o’clock positions.

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Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44

This “Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44” (Ref#: AB0115101F1A1 – Blackeye Grey) & (AB0115101C1A1 – Blackeye Blue) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber B01 with 47 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on these watches can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watches is a stainless steel bracelet (although the website allows for a blue leather, or black crocodile strap option), all secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel deployment clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Breitling website here.

MSRP: $8,720.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az